There is so much to do and see in the historic village of Kailua. You can book a ride aboard a Hawaii fishing charter for an especially memorable experience, or stroll around on foot to take in the sites of the village. With so many options, everyone can find something they’ll enjoy!
Day trips are another great way to experience the beauty of Hawaii, and Kailua has some wonderful trips available. Here are four options that are sure to impress.
- Mauna Kea Summit
You might be surprised to learn that the largest telescopes in the world can be found on Mauna Kea Summit. This location, held sacred by the Hawaiian culture, is especially perfect for stargazing because the atmosphere is the clearest of any place on the globe. Go in the evening to see an unforgettable sunset, and look out over the land from the vantage point of the tallest volcano in Hawaii.
Be prepared for a steep drive up: it’s about 13,800 feet above sea level. Considering this height, it makes sense that Mauna Kea is in fact the tallest mountain in the world, towering 32,000 from the ocean floor to its tip. Be sure to pack warm clothes, and join a guided tour if you’d like to hear about the history of the summit and have an experienced driver take you to the top.
- Manini’owali Beach
Known as Kua Bay to locals, this secluded beach is small and intimate, and is quite close to the Kona airport. It is a white sands beach with crystal clear water, and one of Hawaii’s best spots for snorkeling on a calm day. It’s also a great place to spot a turtle, and even a dolphin every now and again.
- La’aloa Bay
This beautiful spot is also called “White Sands Beach” or “Magic Sands,” but its official name is La’aloa Beach County Park. It has also earned the nickname “Disappearing Sands,” because its sands are washed out to sea several times each year due to strong storms. “La’aloa” means “very sacred” in the Hawaiian language. There are a number of historic archaeological sites you can visit here, including the ruins of an ancient Hawaiian temple called Haukalua Heiau.
- The Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
The only aquatic farm of its kind in the United States, this tiny building holds over 20,000 seahorses. Visitors are able to interact with the seahorses up close, and even touch some of them. The staff at the farm are knowledgeable about the many varieties of seahorses in Hawaii, and are happy to talk about how some of the species that are threatened in the wild are alive and well in the lava fields of Kona.
We hope these options have inspired you to try a new adventure in Hawaii! After you’ve finished your Hawaii fishing charter day trip, try one or several of these ideas. You’ll certainly come away with some incredible memories!